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China Faces Challenges in Bolstering School Bus Safety

A fatal school van crash in China in 2011 confirmed the need for stronger safety measures in transporting students. Industry veterans from the U.S. are sharing their expertise with Chinese counterparts, but the country’s vast population, extreme traffic congestion and other factors present obstacles to implementing an American-style yellow bus system.

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With advancements such as Google’s road-testing of self-driving cars, the notion is no longer relegated to episodes of “The Jetsons.” However, practical use is still a long way off, though automated vehicle technology and connected vehicle technology are arriving in increments. School bus manufacturers are keeping pace, as the technology stands to help enhance pupil transportation safety even further.
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